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Poster: krizenawskas Date: Mar 6, 2006 2:42am
Forum: etree Subject: ? for tapers or electronic wizzards

I realize this is not the perfect place for this question, but I thought I might get pointed in the correct direction. I am in possession of my grandfathers reel to reel tape player. I also have several recordings of his band. I would like to get this music onto my hard drive. My computer is a HP Media Center PC M380n. The output jack on the reel to reel is a standard jack I think it it a 1/8th inch. Were can I obtain the proper cables to do this, and what are the proper names of the cables. Sorry for the improper post, but any help would be gratefully appreciated!

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Poster: nagdot Date: Mar 6, 2006 3:55am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: ? for tapers or electronic wizzards

radio shack is the best cheapest place, you can prolly just take the machine right with you and they will hook you up. my guess would be 1 cord, single 1/8"(pc)to dual rca(reel to reel)in stereo mode. i use the same for my cassette player. my soundcard is creative SB live

This post was modified by nagdot on 2006-03-06 11:55:58

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Poster: onemanguitar Date: Mar 6, 2006 5:33am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: ? for tapers or electronic wizzards

If you are serious about getting a good transfer, I suggest 2 things.

1) get good cables, (mogami brand) will sound much better than the cables they sell at radio shack.

2) you are going to want a real sound card, not the one that came with your dell or a SBLive card. You can tell the difference in a transfer that was done on a Pro Audio card vs. one that was done on a consumer card such as a SB live card. Believe me, I have both. (and you can get a real pro audio card for $200) and even a higher quality card than what you currently have for $100.

If you don't care about the transfer quality, or don't have the money to spend, you can buy a regular cable and go straight into your soundcard into a recording program. But realize your end product will not sound as nice as it could.

After you get the files on your HD, I would suggest converting them to FLAC, and send them to someone else to master them properly for you.

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Poster: lastcall Date: Mar 6, 2006 7:18am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: ? for tapers or electronic wizzards

Thanks for the info. in terms I can understand.(not all that gifted in computers) Thanks to Krizenawskas for the post.

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Poster: Uncle Jimmy Date: Mar 6, 2006 3:42am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: ? for tapers or electronic wizzards

what type of audio card do you have? the connections available will determine if you can run from the reel-to-reel directly into the computer, and thus, which cables you would need. for instance, you might be able to run a mono signal in, or you may have to split the signal into left and right to get a decent transfer.

you will need an audio editing program to capture the waveform from the reel-to-reel. i use Audacity, a freeware program, to capture the music in a digital format. you can then export it in a variety of ways to meet your needs. i usually get the raw music in a single track, then edit it down using CDWave, a shareware program.

good luck.

This post was modified by Uncle Jimmy on 2006-03-06 11:42:15

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Poster: droncit Date: Mar 8, 2006 10:09pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: ? for tapers or electronic wizzards

If it's not too many hours of music, when you get them transferred, if you send them to me on cd, I'll clean them up for you and master them to CD. I do a lot of family history stuff from all sorts of media and have some pretty nice software to accomplish these things.

If you can record at the highest sampling and bit rate allowable for your recorder, you'll be happier with the end results.

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Poster: krizenawskas Date: Mar 9, 2006 4:15am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: ? for tapers or electronic wizzards

Thanks droncit I will keep your offer in mind. Do not know when I will get to the next step I have been attempting this project for a couple of years now already, but the offer is appreciated. Thanks to all who have offered the knowledge and help.

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